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Long Island weather: Heavy downpours possible Friday

Starting out cloudy on Thursday, skies clear in

Starting out cloudy on Thursday, skies clear in the morning, giving way to "a good amount of sunshine" in the afternoon, the National Weather Service said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Long Islanders will need to prepare for another bout of rain Friday, forecasters said.

Look for precipitation to arrive from southwest to northeast, around midmorning, with potential for some locations to see brief but heavy downpours, and thunder into the afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The system is “a quick mover,” said weather service meteorologist Jay Engle, so even with a brief period of heavy rain, widespread flooding was not expected to be a concern.

Temperatures were forecast to rise to around the upper 50s.

Areas of fog were also expected to develop overnight into Saturday morning, the weather service said, followed by mostly sunny skies and highs around the mid-60s.

There was also a 50 percent chance of showers Saturday night.

Sunday was expected be partly sunny, warming up to the mid- to upper 50s, with similar conditions for Monday.

And then, for warmer weather lovers, the fun begins.

A warm-up begins in earnest Tuesday, Engle said, with much of the Island, under sunny skies, looking at highs Wednesday in the 70s, even close to 80 in a few spots along Nassau’s North Shore.

“A warming trend does appear certain for mid- to late week,” the weather service said.

A ridge of high pressure will build into the area, and allows warm air from the south and central U.S. “to circulate up into our neck of the woods,” said Nelson Vaz, weather service meteorologist in Upton. Indeed, that ridge was expected to “dominate the weather for much of next week.”

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